Cowboys choose words carefully regarding refs

Cowboys choose words carefully regarding refs

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SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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by Joe Trahan/WFAA-TV

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Posted on September 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

While the debate rages about the play seen round the nation and replacement refs, the Cowboys are careful not to get caught up.  Head coach Jason Garrett was asked six different times during his press conference Tuesday about the issue.  Garrett acted like Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo facing an oncoming rush he was evasive..

"I really don't want to get into that particular play," said Garrett.

"I think that's always been a point of emphasis to focus on ourselves," he said after another question.

As the peppering continued, a couple more quotes, "And it goes back to my earlier comment. We control what we control as players and coaches," Garrett added.  "I can't speak to any that our focus is on getting ready for the Chicago Bears."

Judging by the way the head coach handled the topic, it came as no surprise that Cowboy players were well schooled in avoiding the ref issue.  Although they wouldn't come right out and say it, you still got the sense that these players think this entire situation reflects negatively on the NFL.

"Goodell always talks about the integrity of the shield, was there some integrity lost in this process," I asked safety Gerald Sensabaugh.   "Not necessarily," he said.  "No I think we still have  strong brand, strong shield just had to go through some mishaps...you know.

Safety Danny McCray offered this back-handed compliment, "I'm not a ref I'm glad I'm not a ref I'm glad I'm not a replacement ref cause I know those guys are trying as hard as they can and apparently that's a hard job," he said.   Make no mistake - that's a shot.

The good ones make it look easy.  Better yet the good one don't make you look.  They've invisible.

"You can't put 87 gas in a Lamborghini... its not going to run right,"  said Sensabaugh.

No matter which side you take in the labor dispute or on that controversial play Monday night in Seattle, Cowboys players agree on this.  The regular refs can't get back soon enough.

"I think it'll be good for the game.  Just because every body's waiting.  so we can try to get the game as clean as possible," said McCray.

e-mail Joe: jtrahan@wfaa.com

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